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Pokémon Championship Series

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The Pokémon Championship Series is a competitive tournament series hosted by Play! Pokémon, a division of the The Pokémon Company International.

World Championships[edit]

Pokémon World Championships

The Pokémon World Championships is the final event for a season before going into the next season for the Pokémon Championships. The only way to qualify for this event is through the point system that allows players to gain points and rank themselves in their specific regions. Every region has their own minimum cap on points so that only players with a certain amount of points can enter the tournament. For the players who become the Top 8 for their region (Top 16 for Europe), will all receive Day 2 Invites to skip the first day of the World Championships. The days of the tournament are set as followed:

  • Day 1 Swiss (9 Rounds - Must have a record of 7-2 or Top 32 (depending on which is greater) to make it into Day 2)
  • Day 2 Swiss (7 Rounds - Only players who get a 5-2 record or Top 16 (depending on which is greater) can progress through to the Top Cut. Grand Finalists will proceed to Day 3 AKA Championship Sunday)
  • Day 3 - Championship Sunday (Grand Finals)

Prize Pools[edit]

As prizes go, the Top 4 players will all be re-invited to the Pokémon World Championships for the next season. Along with that the Top 16 VGC players and Top 32 VGC players are guaranteed a USD cash prize. This goes as followed:

TCG[edit]

  • 1st - $25,000
  • 2nd - $15,000
  • 3rd/4th - $7,500
  • 5th/8th - $5,000
  • 9th/16th - $2,500
  • 17th/32nd - $1,500
    • Additionally, the top 32 Pokémon TCG players will receive 72 Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.
  • 18 years of age and older:
    • 1st–8th place: Choice of scholarship or Cash
    • Top finishers in 9th place or lower: Cash
  • Under 18 years of age:
    • 1st–8th place: Choice of scholarship or Travel Award
    • Top finishers in 9th place or lower: Travel Award

VGC[edit]

  • 1st - $10,000
  • 2nd - $7,500
  • 3rd/4th - $5,000
  • 5th/8th - $3,000
  • 9th/16th - $1,500
    • Additionally, the top 16 Pokémon video game players will receive 72 Pokémon TCG booster packs, regardless of attendance.
  • 18 years of age and older:
    • 1st–8th place: Choice of scholarship or Cash
    • Top finishers in 9th place or lower: Cash
  • Under 18 years of age:
    • 1st–8th place: Choice of scholarship or Travel Award
    • Top finishers in 9th place or lower: Travel Award

Pokemon World Championship Results[edit]

TCG: Tsuguyoshi Yamato Japan defeats Chris Fulop United States to become the first TCG World Champion.
TCG: Jeremy Maron United States defeats Ross Cawthon United States to become the first North American player to win the TCG World Championship
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VGS: Izuru Yoshimura Japan defeats Yasuhito Kajiwara Japan to crown himself the first Pokémon World Champion. [Note: This was in the VGS format so it's only listed due to it leading up to VGC and it's existence today]
VGC: Kazuyuki Tsuji Japan defeats Tasuku Mano Japan to become the first VGC Pokémon World Champion as well as the 2nd Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
VGC: RayRizzo United States defeats Yasuki Tochigi Japan to be the first North American to win a VGC Pokémon World Championship.
VGC: RayRizzo United States defeats Matteo Gini Italy to become the first VGC player to have 2 World Championship titles.
VGC: RayRizzo United States defeats Wolfey United States be become the first VGC player to have 3 World Championship Titles.
VGC: Mean Italy defeats Gebebo Japan to stop RayRizzo's World Championship streak as well as being the first Italian and European player to win a World Championship.
VGC: Sejun South Korea defeats SoulSur United States to be the first South Korean World Champion as well as holding the record for winning a World Championship with a Pokémon that is under 500 in Total Base Stats.
VGC: SHADEviera Japan defeats Hideyuki Taida Japan to crown himself as the 3rd Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
VGC: Wolfey United States defeats Ezrael United States to crown himself as the 2nd North American player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
VGC: Barudoru Japan defeats Zelda Australia to be the 4th Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.
VGC: Ralfdude90 Ecuador defeats emforbes United States to become the first Ecuadorian and Latin American VGC player to win a Pokémon World Championship.

VGC: Penguin2142 Japan defeats Hirosipoke Japan to become the 5th Japanese player to win a Pokémon World Championship.

TCG: Henry Brand Australia defeats Shintaro Ito Japan to become the first Australian Pokémon World Champion.
VGC/TCG: Worlds 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
VGC/TCG: Worlds 2021 was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Previous World Champions[edit]

# Country #Titles Players
1 Japan Japan 5 Izuru Yoshimura, Kazuyuki Tsuji, SHADEviera, Barudoru, Penguin2142
1 United States United States 4 RayRizzo x3, Wolfey
2 Italy Italy 1 Mean
2 South Korea South Korea 1 Sejun
2 Ecuador Ecuador 1 Ralfdude90

International Championships[edit]


Pokémon International Championships

The Pokémon International Championships is a series of events in the Pokémon Video Game Championship season where you will have a "Pokémon World's Like" event that can reward up to 500 Championship Points to the winner of the event. The event started up back in December 9th 2017, a few days after the VGC 2017 format was put in place. These events took over the Pokémon National Championship events. With the Pokémon International Championships, they will be hosted 4 times in a season with either Europe, Oceania, Latin America and North America hosting 1 of the 4 events. 2017 and 2018 formats had the events go in order of Europe, Oceania, Latin America and then North America, however in 2019, they were changed to have Latin America go first in the season while Europe taking the 3rd slot.

Championship Points[edit]

The following is the Championship Points table for TCG and VGC.[1]

Placement Championship Points (CP) Kicker (# of participants)
1 500 0
2 400 0
3–4 320 0
5–8 250 0
9–16 200 48
17–32 160 100
32–64 130 200
65–128 100 400
129–256 80 800
257–512 60 1600

Prize Table[edit]

The following are the Prize Tables for the various International Championships.[1]

TCG[edit]

Placement 1–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 216
2 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 216
3–4 $1,000 $1,500 $2,500 216
5–8 $750 $1,000 $1,500 216
9–16 $500 $750 $1,000 144
17–32 - $500 $750 72
33–64 - - $500 36

VGC[edit]

Placement 1–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 72
2 $1,000 $1,500 $2,500 72
3–4 $750 $1,000 $1,500 72
5–8 $500 $750 $1,000 36
9–16 - $500 $750 18
17–32 - - $500 -

Pokémon Go[edit]

Placement 1–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 72
2 $1,000 $1,500 $2,500 72
3 $750 $1,000 $1,500 72
4 $600 $900 $1,250 72
T-5 $500 $750 $1,000 36
T-7 $400 $600 $900 36
T-9 - $500 $750 18
T-13 - $400 $600 18
T-17 - - $500 -
T-25 - - $400 -

National Championships (2004–2016)[edit]

Pokémon National Championships

The Pokémon National Championships were replaced by the Pokémon International Championships in 2017.

Regional Championships[edit]

Pokémon Regional Championships

The Pokémon Regional Championships are the events that a lot of people rely on to get points for Worlds. Regional events for most regions will have 3-4 events and then have 1-2 Special Events to give more points to the region. However, North America get 20+ Regional events every season. Most people will travel far and wide to play in a Regional event so they can get their Worlds invite so be prepared to play international players.

Championship Points[edit]

The following is the Championship Points table for TCG and VGC.[2]

Placement Championship Points (CP) Kicker (# of participants)
1 200 0
2 160 0
3–4 130 0
5–8 100 0
9–16 80 48
17–32 60 100
32–64 50 200
65–128 40 400
129–256 30 800

Prize Table[edit]

The following are the Prize Tables for the various Regional Championships. Top players receive booster packs regardless of attendance numbers.[2]

TCG[edit]

Placement 1–24 Players 25–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $500 $1,500 $2,500 $5,000 108
2 $250 $750 $1,500 $2,500 108
3–4 - $500 $750 $1,500 108
5–8 - $250 $500 $750 108
9–16 - - $250 $500 72
17–32 - - - $250 36
33–64 - - - - 18

VGC[edit]

Placement 1–24 Players 25–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $500 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 72
2 $250 $500 $1,000 $2,000 72
3–4 - $250 $500 $1,000 36
5–8 - - $250 $500 18
9–16 - - - $250 9

Pokémon Go[edit]

Placement 1–24 Players 25–100 Players 101-200 Players 201+ Players Booster Packs
1 $500 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 72
2 $250 $500 $1,000 $2,000 72
3 - $250 $500 $1,000 36
4 - $150 $350 $750 36
T-5 - - $250 $500 18
T-7 - - $150 $350 18
T-9 - - - $250 9
T-13 - - - $150 9

Special Events[edit]

Pokémon Special Events are events set up by Tournament Organisations to have more Championship Points circle around their respective regions without relying on Regionals and International Championships. The points earned from Special Events are the same as Regional Championships so these tournaments normally get swarmed by people needing their last minute points for the World Championships.

Local Events[edit]

League Cups (TCG)[edit]

League Challenges (TCG)[edit]

Midseason Showdowns (VGC)[edit]

Premier Challenges (VGC)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Pokémon International Championships". www.pokemon.com. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pokémon Regional Championships". www.pokemon.com. Retrieved 2022-09-18.